Gyrðir Elíasson is a leading author in Iceland. He was born in northern Iceland in 1961. He has written ten volumes of poetry and five books of prose. He is also a translator with an interest in works about the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Elíasson won the prestigious Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 2011 for the short-story collection Milli trjánna. His collection, The Yellow House, was awarded the Icelandic Literature Prize and the Halldor Laxness Prize for Literature in 2000. He currently lives in Reykjavík with his wife and three children.